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Day in the life – Independent Analyst
Day in the life – Independent Analyst
Day in the life – Independent Analyst We all know that asbestos can be dangerous if not dealt with correctly, but what is it like to work with it day in, day out? We caught up with Grant Litton-Hayes, one of our qualified asbestos analysts, to find out what he loves about the job, and how he works to keep himself and others safe. How does your day start? My day starts to the sound of my alarms at about 5:30-6:00am. My first stop is the kitchen for my morning coffee. This gets me through the morning traffic, which is inevitably on the cards. While I enjoy my coffee, I’ll load up the sat nav and investigate the best routes. I get everything ready the night before, so I just have to sling my bag on my back and head to the van, being careful not to wake my other half. Arriving on site The good thing about having a small van is that parking is usually pretty easy. Once on site, there might be a site induction, to go through safety procedures. I will also fill in my own Risk Assessment for the site on my portable tablet. Once I’ve been shown the scope of works, I’m, ready to get started. I really like the fact that I get to see different people each day. Sometimes it’s a familiar face and sometimes it’s someone new. New faces mean new stories to hear, which I love. First site visit of the day Most days, I’ll have two jobs. They could be at a vacant domestic property or a fully developed commercial construction site. As a qualified independent analyst, I’ll be presented with an enclosure that is ready for 4 stage clearance. This is a relevant certification to be issued upon job completion and allows a site to be reoccupied for further works to proceed. Once I check that it’s safe, I enter a decontamination unit (DCU) to get suited and booted, in full protective mask and overalls. Next, I have to visually inspect the area, which in my opinion is one of the most important parts of the job. We have to ensure the removal contractor has done the best job they can to ensure all asbestos is removed and the area is left clean enough to eat your dinner off (not literally). The aim of the game, is to try and find asbestos that may have been missed. It’s rare, but it does happen, which is why we’re here. Upon completion of the visual inspection, I’ll conduct air monitoring and then exit the enclosure into the DCU for a well-earned hot shower. If the air monitoring proves satisfactory, then the enclosure will carefully be removed, leaving a nice photo finish for our clients. Lunchtime When the first job finishes, I’ll take a break and have something to eat. I’m pretty good and prepare lunch ahead of time to bring with me. Then I’ll set off and travel to the next site. Always be prepared What I love about the job is that every day is different. You have to adapt to your surroundings and what has been discovered on site. I work independently, but I know I have a team on hand who I can call if I need advice or support. Driving home I’m usually driving home from London, which means the roads are busy, whichever route you take. It can get frustrating, but the best thing to do is just sit back and go with the flow! I usually get home around by 6pm, just in time for my other half’s amazing dinners. We like to relax over dinner and share stories from the day. My spare time I like to keep busy with gaming on my computers and working on my car. Although I like driving, I try to avoid doing too much of it in the evenings. After travelling around 300 miles in a day, spending more time behind the wheel isn’t a good idea.
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Asbestos Management
Asbestos Management
Surveys Environtec has the experience and expertise to undertake asbestos surveys to all types of buildings and establishments. Environtec’s refreshing approach is completely independent, impartial and incorporates a reporting format document integrity. Environtec’s competitive all inclusive price includes: Producing a user-friendly asbestos register in accordance with the current legislation. Compiling a risk assessment of asbestos containing materials. Detailing recommendations and asbestos management plans so that the building manager can conform to relevant legislation. Analysis of all bulk samples. Advice on findings identified within the report. Comprehensive photographs and plans to highlight asbestos occurrences. Project Management Environtec offer a complete turnkey operation for the project management of asbestos remedial work that begins with the initial location and conditions survey.Our Project management teams upon instructions from the client can: Advise the client on the asbestos risks to be remedied. Produce a detailed Method Statement/Specification with an agreed Scope of Work. Competitively tender the works with licensed asbestos contractors from our approved list. Produced a detailed and itemised Tender Analysis Report with recommendations. Procure the asbestos removal works from start to finish undertaking all supervision and analytical air monitoring in accordance with our HSE Licence. Ensure the area handed back to the client is safe for re-occupation with detailed certification documenting the project on a daily basis. The client can rest assured that our independence and impartiality shall protect their interest at all times throughout the project. Consultancy Let Environtec take away your concerns with complying with asbestos management regulations. Environtec can provide the complete package as the necessary follow up support to the client, in compliance with legislation. As part of our consultancy we can offer: Asbestos Management Plans. Training. Asbestos Labelling. Our popular Permit to Work Scheme. Re-Surveys and Asbestos Register Up-Dates. Expert Witness in Judicial Cases. In Addition we offer a 24-Hour support line on 01245 381900 for up to date free advice on asbestos issues. Laboratory Analysis Environtec can carry out analysis of asbestos in bulk materials and also offer density checks for materials to access conformity to relevant legislation.
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